Leyton Orient chairman expects Tottenham Carabao Cup fixture to be replayed despite imminent cancellation

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Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis expects the Carabao Cup fixture against Tottenham to be replayed despite an imminent announcement confirming Tuesday’s match has been called off. Orient on Monday announced that ‘a number’ of their first-team squad had tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of their clash with Spurs. Testing, which was paid for by Tottenham, took place after their draw with Mansfield on Saturday and the positive cases forced Orient to contact the EFL and Spurs over their Carabao Cup tie. Getty Images – Getty Nigel Travis (left) joined talkSPORT on Tuesday morning after Orient’s announcement about multiple positive coronavirus cases at the club Many were expecting an official announcement on Monday to confirm the cancellation of the match but as of 10am on Tuesday the fixture was still due to go ahead – just EIGHT hours later. Chairman Travis joined talkSPORT shortly after 10am to discuss the positive coronavirus cases and the upcoming Spurs match. He claimed Orient have a team ready to play but expects it to be called off and it is his understanding that Tottenham will NOT be given a bye to the next round. “I think it’s highly unlikely,” replied Travis when asked if the match will go ahead. “We heard just before we came on air that we’re expected to get a communication from authorities any time now, that that game will be off. “We haven’t formerly had that. We’re expecting it and have heard it’s coming, but we haven’t seen it. “And just to be clear, the game is a postponement, not a cancellation.” Too much Man United wanted striker compared to Inzaghi but huge asking price put them off NEWS Bale could sign permanent Spurs deal, Liverpool’s Mbappe move, United eyed Everton ace Goss Arsenal transfer news live: Partey stance, Martinez replacement signs, Mustafi off TEAM Duo to make full debuts as Solskjaer rotates after shock loss – Man United XI v Luton goss Chelsea news: Mendy having medical, Lampard trusts Tomori, Silva set for debut GOSS Liverpool news live: Reds a realistic option for Mbappe, legend blasts Van Dijk goss Man United news live: Club put off by £80m striker fee, Sancho ‘happy’ at Dortmund HUMBLED Ex-Liverpool starlet set for Championship move just one year after hostile exit Blow No fans back in stadiums after U-turn while National League won’t start next weekend what’s the odds Premier League sack race odds reveal favourite manager to leave job next Travis strongly backed his view that the match should be postponed, rather than outright cancelled with Spurs going through into the fourth round. While the game was scheduled to take place behind closed doors, Orient were set to financially benefit as the match was chosen for broadcast on talkSPORT and also live television. And Travis insists he will do all he can to ensure the fixture is rescheduled and played at a later date. He continued: “We expect this game to be played and we will campaign very strongly for this game to be played. Clubs of our size depend on games like this.” Club statement: Covid-19 We have received formal confirmation that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for COVID-19. Read more: https://t.co/3lhR7C8vRU — Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) September 21, 2020 Reports claimed up to 18 players and staff tested positive for COVID-19, but Travis announced there is still no final figure for the total cases “We’re still waiting for the final numbers, so we don’t know,” he added. “It’s been a strange process because Tottenham asked us to do these tests and we did it very willingly. “It’s a good thing for our players to know whether they had any symptoms or not, but we’re still waiting for the detailed written reports. In the EFL it’s different, we just get a pass or fail. “We had a significant number of positives, but we don’t know the official number. “We have a team ready to play and just to be clear, these are people who have been socially distanced, they haven’t had direct contract apart from playing the game. So we did have a team ready to play tonight.” Gareth Bale’s agent says permanent Spurs deal could be on the cards,

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